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As newly-named EVP of programming, one of Chris Oliviero’s marching
orders at CBS Radio is finding new ways to grow revenue by exploring new
business partnerships and acquisitions. In a Q&A with Inside
Radio, Oliviero says several such deals are “in the works” to help make
the company more resistant to the ups and downs of the spot radio
Does Uncle Sam need to step in to make sure consumers can watch the boob
tube without interruption? American regulators should adopt rules
forbidding TV blackouts, according to a cable lobbying group — but
broadcasters rejected the call, which would eliminate their leverage in
Free Press To FCC: Make Policy Via Gannett/Belo Review
By John Eggerton
Free Press told the FCC this week that it should not hesitate to make
policy via merger review, in this case that it is not in the public
interest for a broadcaster to spin off a station to comply with local
ownership caps if it continues to provide services to those stations
through sharing agreements.
Pandora is already running more ads than in the past, and now the web
service says it’ll take a page from the broadcast radio playbook and
start grouping back-to-back commercials into stopsets rather than more
frequent interruptions of single ads. It’ll also allow fewer skips as a
mobile listening cap is lifted.
Tired of cable TV disputes, bills? More are cutting the cord
By David Lazarus
A lot of people are sick of the money-grubbing spat between Time Warner
Cable and CBS, which has resulted in CBS, Showtime and other channels
being unavailable to the cable company's subscribers since Aug. 2. For
Alan Ehrlich, this was the last straw.
Meet the Lawyer Who Strikes Fear in the U.S. Cable Industry
Wall Street Journal
By Shalini Ramachandran
One day last week, amid a blackout of CBS Corp.'s CBS +0.12% programming
on Time Warner Cable Inc. TWC -0.85% systems, junior negotiators at CBS
got on a conference call, expecting to talk to their counterparts at
the cable company. They were taken aback when they heard Melinda Witmer,
Time Warner Cable's top video executive, on the other end of the line.
After 'Hogan's Heroes' Creators Get Movie Rights, WGA's Victory Appealed
By Eriq Gardner
This year, the Writers Guild of America quietly prevailed in
establishing that Hogan's Heroes creators Bernard Fein and Albert Ruddy
were entitled to "separated rights" in the story of a German
prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. As a result of an arbitrator's
March decision, Ruddy has reportedly been working on a feature film
version of the TV series, which ran from 1965 to 1971 on CBS.
Sandwiched between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, the island of Idjwi had no Internet access until last month. Host Scott Simon speaks with Jacques Sebisaho, a doctor and native of Idjwi Island, about how the community has responded to the Internet.